My oh my how the tide is turning in America. A federal judge in California has blocked a new California law that was trying to force President Trump to show his tax returns.
In a snap ruling from the bench, U.S. District Judge Morrison England of the Easter District of California on Thursday temporarily blocked a new California law requiring presidential candidates to disclose five years of tax returns to appear on the 2020 primary ballot.
The tentative ruling followed a free-wheeling, two-hour hearing over a request by President Donald Trump’s campaign and Republicans at the state and federal law for a preliminary injunction. Lawyers arguing the case were preparing to leave the courtroom at the end of arguments when England told everyone to wait and then announced how he intended to rule.
England did not offer specific reasons for his initial decision but said he would issue a final ruling by Oct. 1. He said the timeline would allow attorneys on both sides to prepare for an inevitable appeal. The case is one of several in courts around the country where Trump is fighting to keep his financial information secret. On Thursday, Trump’s lawyers sued New York prosecutors to stop their demands for eight years of tax returns.